Posted by TheHockeyGuy on February 16th, 2010
While many Blue Jackets headed to the tropics, the desert or the Olympics over the past 24 hours, general manager Scott Howson packed his bags for a scouting trip this week through several small Canadian towns.
That’s not the only short stick Howson drew during the NHL’s two-week Olympic break.
While many GMs are looking to add talent for a stretch drive toward the Stanley Cup playoffs, Howson expects to be unloading players.
“It’s a gray area, but we’re probably leaning more toward being sellers,” Howson said. “Nothing is final yet.
“It is difficult for all of us, yes, because we didn’t expect to be in this situation. But that’s the reality. You have to make the most of it.”
The Blue Jackets are nine points behind eighth-place Calgary for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, with 19 games remaining.
Yes, they’ve looked more resilient and energetic in five games under interim coach Claude Noel (3-1-1), but the Jackets would need a record of 16-2-1 or 16-3-0 the rest of the way to even sniff the postseason.
They’d need to pass six clubs — Minnesota, St. Louis, Anaheim, Detroit, Dallas and Calgary — which might be the tougher task.
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